The Great American Outdoors

June 26, 2023 by Perrie Hartz

Photography Courtesy of Brush Creek Ranch

Campfires, fireworks, s’mores, sandy toes….

Sometimes the best adventures are the ones closest to home, and there’s really nothing like a good, old-fashioned American summer in the great outdoors. From the mountains of Wyoming to the bucolic countryside of Vermont to the balmy breezes of the Florida Keys, read on for some Hidden Doorways properties located here in the US that offer incredible outdoor adventures this summer.

Photography Courtesy of Brush Creek Ranch

Brush Creek Ranch | Saratoga, Wyoming

Experience the true spirit of the American West with a summer holiday unlike any other at Brush Creek Ranch, a collection of all-inclusive guest ranches in Saratoga, Wyoming. There are over 30,000 secluded acres to explore and countless outdoor adventures to be had, allowing for a much-needed pause from life’s everyday demands. Reconnect, relax, and rejoice under starlit skies. Brush Creek Ranch is truly an American outdoor paradise, with so many activities to choose from that are sure to please both kids and adults alike. Kids will love horseback riding, archery, wrangling lessons, ropes courses, paintball, and more, while adults can enjoy adventures like rock climbing, mountain biking, cattle driving, river rafting, and fly fishing. Brush Creek Ranch also has an incredible number of wellness experiences like Sound Healing, Meditation, and Reiki, as well as lots of spa options for a relaxing day of pampering.

Photography Courtesy of French Creek

Part of the Brush Creek Luxury Ranch Collection, French Creek is an all-inclusive sporting destination in south-central Wyoming. Secluded, private, and serene, this creekside property is just 25 minutes into the peaceful wilderness from the gates of the Brush Creek Lodge & Spa. For all adventure lovers, French Creek Sportsman’s Club is the ultimate summer sporting paradise. Brush Creek Ranch’s enclave is perfect for passionate outdoorsmen and women who are ready to tackle a true outdoor adventure. Fishing, hunting, glamping and more are offered at this luxe lodge, which is a Beretta Trident and ORVIS Dual-Endorsed Fly Fishing and Wing Shooting Lodge. Guests have exclusive access to 20 miles of the North Platte River Valley and its tributaries which include Brush Creek, French Creek, and Encampment River private waters. 

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Turtle Bay | O’ahu, Hawaii

Enjoy basking in the warm Hawaiian sunlight at Turtle Bay Resort, a sprawling luxury resort situated in the stunning hideaway that is the North Shore of O’ahu. The resort consists of five miles of untouched coastline and 12 miles of breathtaking trails, offering an abundance of over 60 outdoor activities, both on water and on land, including hiking, golfing, surf lessons, snorkeling, kayaking, helicopter rides, birdwatching, biking, stargazing, tennis, and so much more. Turtle Bay Resort has an activities calendar jam-packed with activities and events this summer, so families have so much to see and do together during their Hawaiian summer vacation that is sure to be a memorable one. 

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Twin Farms | Barnard, Vermont

For those seeking a chic New England summer hideaway, Twin Farms is Vermont’s finest and only luxury five-star property. Located in a bucolic, remote area of Vermont that feels blissfully removed from the buzz of everyday life, Twin Farms offers an opportunity to really reconnect with nature- and with your loved ones. The 1795-era farmhouse cottages are the perfect home base to return to after a fun, adventure-filled day exploring the great outdoors. Idle summer days are spent fly fishing, canoeing in the pond, or strolling the estate’s fertile grounds. You might also hike up to a catered picnic with a Green Mountains view and enjoy a memorable summer afternoon eating delicious, fresh food lounging under a bright blue sky. A stay here doesn’t just mean outdoor adventures, though; the farm-to-table cuisine at Twin Farms is some of the best in all of New England.

Photography Courtesy of Little Palm Island

Little Palm Island | Florida Keys

America’s only private island resort, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is an adults-only tropical paradise that is the perfect combination of privacy and luxury. Located just off the crystalline waters of the famous Florida Keys coastline, the island is filled with lush, tropical foliage and exotic wildlife, and offers incredible experiences and activities sure to please all beach lovers. Peace and relaxation are of the utmost importance on Little Palm Island, so guests will feel like they can really disconnect from their busy lives for a much-needed summer break.

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa offers fantastic land and water activities, including diving at one of the most magnificent reefs in the Florida Keys, Looe Key Reef. Guests can also indulge in kayaking, snorkeling, (Little Palm Island is encompassed by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which includes the world’s third largest barrier reef), sightseeing in a private seaplane, privately chartered sailing trips, eco-tours, fishing, dolphin encounters, and even sky diving. After a full day of activities, enjoy the breathtaking sea views with refreshing cocktails served at the lovely Palapa Bar. For those guests seeking a romantic summer evening under the stars, the resort will customize a private candlelit dinner right on the sand.

Courtesy of Southall Farms Franklin TN by Heather Durham Photography

Southall Farm & Inn | Franklin, Tennesse

Nestled in historic Franklin Tennessee, Southall Farm & Inn is a sustainable summer getaway just 25 miles south of downtown Nashville. You’ll be greeted by 325 acres of rolling hills, impeccable service, and every imaginable amenity—a perfect outdoor escape for the whole family. There is a spa, pool, orchard, greenhouses, farm stands, gardens, hiking trails, beekeeping facilities, demonstration kitchens, and more, all with an eye toward sustainable use and outdoor adventure. Planned activities include an aerial course, zip-lining, jam- and honey-tasting classes, falconry, fly fishing, ATV experiences, and guided hikes.

Photography Courtesy of The Inn of The Five Gracs

The Inn of The Five Graces | Santa Fe, New Mexico

Nestled in the very heart of downtown Santa Fe’s historic Barrio de Analco neighborhood, The Inn of The Five Graces is a gorgeous sanctuary of peace, luxury, and quiet that is the perfect place for an American summer getaway. Ideally situated for exploring the cultural riches of Santa Fe, the inn is just steps away from downtown’s historic Plaza, where Native American artists showcase their stunning crafts and where the city’s vibrant events and festivals unfold. The hotel’s exceptional concierge service is always ready to assist guests in arranging personally-curated tours, outdoor excursions, and experiences that highlight the best of what Santa Fe has to offer, from adventurous day trips to world-class hiking and golf. For those looking for a more customized itinerary, a range of private experiences and tours are available, including hot air ballooning, historic walking tours, cooking classes, and chocolate tasting workshops.

Photography Courtesy of Mii amo

Mii amo | Sedona, Arizona

Located within Sedona’s Boyton Canyon, Mii amo spa and wellness resort is a peaceful haven surrounded by Arizona’s dramatic natural beauty.  This intimate and secluded enclave is nested among the stunning red rocks and pinyon pines dotting the Sedona terrain and is a renowned wellness retreat that urges guests to press pause on the chaos and buzz of life and reset amid the peaceful serenity of the natural world. For guests looking to reset in the great American Southwest this summer, Mii amo is the perfect choice. Beyond the property’s world-renowned spa and wellness facilities, Mii amo’s new fitness and movement studios offer expansive views of the surrounding red rock landscape. With access to over 400 miles of scenic trails, guests may also enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking and biking offered by the Trail House at Enchantment Resort.


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